Watch: Shaq & Poirier Console ‘Mini-Blessed’ After Holloway Loses

UFC 236 this past weekend presented fight fans with two of the best title bouts you’ll ever see inside of the Octagon. The main event featured UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway jumping up to 155 pounds. He faced off against Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier for the interim UFC lightweight championship. When all was said and […]

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UFC 236 this past weekend presented fight fans with two of the best title bouts you’ll ever see inside of the Octagon.

The main event featured UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway jumping up to 155 pounds. He faced off against Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier for the interim UFC lightweight championship. When all was said and done, Poirier left the cage the new interim lightweight champion of the world.

He will now likely unify his title with Khabib Nurmagomedov upon the Russian’s return from suspension this summer. The UFC recently released a clip from their upcoming UFC 236 “The Thrill and the Agony” video on Twitter. The clip featured the aftermath of the bloody war between Poirier and Holloway.

Holloway’s son, “Mini-Blessed” could be seen crying after his father’s loss, but was soon comforted by NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal who was cageside for the action. Check out the clip below:

As for Holloway, he always has the option to return to 145 pounds and defend his title, unless he decides to stick around at lightweight.

His defeat in Atlanta marked the end of an epic undefeated 13-fight win streak that stretched back to 2014.

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UFC 236 Prelims Suffer Major Dropoff From Previous Two PPVs

The numbers for the UFC 236 pay-per-view (PPV) preliminary card are in. MMA Fighting’s Dave Meltzer reports that the UFC 236 prelims averaged 893,000 viewers on ESPN prior to the PPV. This is a major dropoff from the past two PPV events. UFC 235, headlined by Jon Jones vs. Anthony Smith for the light heavyweight […]

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The numbers for the UFC 236 pay-per-view (PPV) preliminary card are in.

MMA Fighting’s Dave Meltzer reports that the UFC 236 prelims averaged 893,000 viewers on ESPN prior to the PPV. This is a major dropoff from the past two PPV events. UFC 235, headlined by Jon Jones vs. Anthony Smith for the light heavyweight championship, turned in an average viewership number of 1,339,000.

At UFC 234, the prelims averaged 1,480,000 viewers, as the card was headlined by Anderson Silva vs. Israel Adesanya. UFC 234 was likely boosted by the strong college basketball viewership carried over in the lead-in.

However, UFC 236’s low preliminary numbers don’t come as too much of a surprise. The preliminary card simply lacked star power, as it was headlined by a lightweight bout between Matt Frevola and Jalin Turner. Perhaps the most notable name on the card was Wilson Reis, who was defeated by Alexandre Pantoja via first-round TKO just before the headliner.

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Conor McGregor Calls Out UFC Over Israel Adesanya Knockdown Record

Israel Adesanya and Kelvin Gastelum put on a magnificant performance in their interim UFC middleweight title fight over the weekend. Both men left it all insdie the Octagon, but it was “Stylebender” who left with the interim 185-pound crown…

Israel Adesanya and Kelvin Gastelum put on a magnificant performance in their interim UFC middleweight title fight over the weekend. Both men left it all insdie the Octagon, but it was “Stylebender” who left with the interim 185-pound crown. However, it turns out he left with a little more than just the strap. He also […]

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Yoel Romero Calls Out Israel Adesanya Amid Jon Jones Beef

Israel Adesanya has solidified himself atop the UFC middleweight mountain. The newly-crowned interim champion outlasted Kelvin Gastelum in a classic war in the main event of last Saturday’s UFC 236 from Atlanta, Georgia. Now, he’ll battle it out with Robert Whittaker to determine who the best middleweight truly is as a result. However, “The Last […]

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Israel Adesanya has solidified himself atop the UFC middleweight mountain.

The newly-crowned interim champion outlasted Kelvin Gastelum in a classic war in the main event of last Saturday’s UFC 236 from Atlanta, Georgia.

Now, he’ll battle it out with Robert Whittaker to determine who the best middleweight truly is as a result. However, “The Last Stylebender” also had a beef brewing with UFC light heavyweight king Jon Jones due to their endless trash talking. The pair have been taking shots at one another through social media for the past several days.

Adesanya referred to Jones as the final boss in a video game at one point. This prompted former UFC middleweight title challenger Yoel Romero to get in on the fun.

The Cuban wrestling champion asked what level boss he is, captioning the post with his classic “#seeyousoonboi,” and “iluhju“:

Should Romero decide to hang around 185 pounds, a meeting with Adesanya could be inevitable. Romero has consistently nudged himself into the title picture. If Adesanya’s unification bout with Whittaker doesn’t go his way, the Nigerian might just find himself standing across the cage from “The Soldier Of God” next.

Romero’s only two losses in the UFC have come against Whittaker. His last fight was at UFC 225 in June of last year. Whittaker defeated him via split decision after another amazing five-round war. Romero remains in the title discussion because of his two close fights with the champion.

Will a similar situation unfold with Adesanya?

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Robert Whittaker Opens As Betting Favorite Over New Champ Israel Adesanya

Israel Adesanya is the darling of the MMA world right now, but the current middleweight champion Robert Whittaker has opened as the betting favorite in their future match-up. Kelvin Gastelum saw some early success against “The Last Stylebender” despite a nearly nine-inch reach disadvantage. He even managed to drop Adesanya in Atlanta. Perhaps Gastelum has […]

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Israel Adesanya is the darling of the MMA world right now, but the current middleweight champion Robert Whittaker has opened as the betting favorite in their future match-up.

Kelvin Gastelum saw some early success against “The Last Stylebender” despite a nearly nine-inch reach disadvantage. He even managed to drop Adesanya in Atlanta.

Perhaps Gastelum has shown somewhat of a blueprint on how to beat the gifted striker. And maybe that’s why BetOnline has Adesanya as the +140 underdog for his upcoming title unification bout against “The Reaper.” The return on Whittaker is -160.

The proposed unification bout is being targeted for September, per UFC President Dana White. The fight would be massive for the Oceania region and could sell out an 80,000-seat stadium.

September is five months away and with Whittaker’s history of injuries, there is no telling if this fight even comes to fruition. However, as the fight gets closer, the betting line on this fight should fluctuate.

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Dustin Poirier Offers Kind Words To Max Holloway

Dustin Poirier and Max Holloway certainly have respect for one another. Poirier and Holloway clashed this past Saturday night (April 13). The two did battle for the interim Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight gold. After five rounds of blo…

Dustin Poirier and Max Holloway certainly have respect for one another. Poirier and Holloway clashed this past Saturday night (April 13). The two did battle for the interim Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight gold. After five rounds of bloody action, “The Diamond” was awarded the unanimous decision win and the interim 155-pound gold. After the […]

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